Ignore the reviews about how Shultz "seems to believe what he says too much." What the heck did you expect - A CEO that doesn't believe in his own company?
For me, this book gave amazing insight into how a top CEO selects his top executives, the challenges in turning a failing company around, how he instills the right company culture and handles Wall Street all at the same time.
First class business book, IMO.
If there is ever a time I don't have at least 5 books in process on my iPhone or kindle app something must be wrong...
It was easy to parallel where I was at in business and what I was doing based on the time frames and backgrounds given in the writing. Most of us experienced a GOOD TIME just before the 2009 ouch hit...
That even the billion dollar CEO was open enough to have mentors and coaches in his life to help keep him on track.
The $30+ million dollar training they put on in New Orleans, not just to make it look good for the business but to invest in their people and make an unforgettable impact on a city that has been decimated!
The coffee cup was FILLED BACK UP!!!
Right at the top
Howard Schultz, his determination to stick with his principles despite the obvious influences of American finical institutions and the embedded this is how it is done for wall street.
He has interesting way of reading and it keeps you listening
Like Howard's other books, I found this engaging, and very personal. I was able to relate, and felt like I knew Howard, just by reading about the Starbucks story. It has also raised by overall respect, and admiration for the Starbucks brand.
I love business and history series.
Will listen again especially the first part
It make me think how great leader do thing differently
If you are lack of confident in your business, read how onward change Starbucks
I liked that the first half of the book best... Not to sound overly simple but the first part of the book described going through adversity and how to overcome some of those things... I liked least the second half which talked about how every move the CEO and author made was perfect. It seemed overly positive without enough reflection
The first part of the book and overcoming adversity
A starbucks lover
Possibly depends on the topic
Not make it feel like so much of a sales pitch/plea from Howard but a more personal story on Howard himself
Yes, good narration
Howard and Starbucks are interesting in themselves, but this book did not do justice for a organization of it's size.
Although I am not a coffee drinker or bought anything from Starbucks, I was intrigued to purchase this book. The first half of the book was interesting, how the coffee shop got started and how Howard Schultz gained his power back at CEO and basically re branding the product. I couldn't helped comparing him to Apple and Steve Jobs. Both CEO's are strong opinionated and like Jobs, Schultz almost always got his way.
As I mentioned before, I am not a java drinker because of personal preferences, but it was interesting to learn about different blends and different ways to brew a cup of jo.
Even though the information was interesting, Schultz almost became self righteous in his success at turning around his company. The story almost became too redundant to listen to.
The most interesting part was their outdated computer system and point of sales, even in the millennium decade
The first half was enough to get your tea pot whistling, but after that, it smelled like a day old coffee that has turned over and over.
It was nice to hear the inside story. A company that cares about all aspects, the customer, the product, the producers, the employee. Being honest about your failures and figuring out how to fix something that isn't working, more people / companies should do that!!! It was nice and refreshing.
If you are at all interested in STarbucks come back to its previous position then this is great as it tells in good detail how HS did it and how he really relies on his workers to be part of the team. I thought that there might be a bit more more of Starbucks history but I guess that is in another book. REally enjoyed it.